Penrith U13s have been crowned state champions following a thumping 44-5 win against Southern Districts in the NSW Rugby Championships.
Coached by Ronnie Patea, the team began their charge towards the championship on June 10 at Barden Ridge Playing Fields facing the Hunter squad, before going on to face Illawarra on June 11.
The side recorded a victory against Gordon in the quarter finals and West Harbour in the semis, before facing Southern Districts in the final where they walked away with the convincing victory.
“We couldn’t have asked for more from our boys,” Mr Patea said. “They played exciting rugby, they followed all of our hard practiced game plans and were a credit to both themselves and to the Penrith community.
“I couldn’t be prouder.”
The championships saw Penrith represented across five age groups, with teams were made up of highly skilled children from Penrith, the Blue Mountains, Rooty Hill, and Hawkesbury.
The U11s, 15s and 16s showed strength against some traditional rugby areas and played a high level of football, demonstrating the growth of the game in Sydney’s west.
The U12s went down to the neighbouring Parramatta district in a close finish, and then went on comfortably to beat Sydney University and claim third place.
The battle for third also saw tremendous sportsmanship with two of the Penrith boys donning Uni jerseys in the last half when their numbers were too depleted.
Junior District President, Ellen Smallcombe, said to see the clubs come together and work hard was a tribute to the program that is developing in the area.
“The Penrith district is becoming noticed and with teams like the U13s coming through the ranks, it’s exciting,” she said. “I can’t wait to congratulate the team again.”
The U13s, and all other representative teams, will be recognised by the community and the senior club when the Penrith Emus host Parramatta at Nepean Rugby Park for Back to Penrith Day on July 8.